IMAGES | B-17 brings aviation history to skies over Louisville

SELLERSBURG, Ind. (WDRB) -- This weekend, June 9-10, the public is invited to take a flight aboard a B-17.

According to a news release from The Liberty Foundation, a Claremore, Oklahoma-based organization committed to the maintenance of the B-17, between 1935 and 1945, there were 12,732 Boeing B-17s produced. Of that number, 4,735 were lost in combat. The Flying Fortress "Madras Maiden" is now one of only 12 B-17s still in operation today.

On Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10, the Madras Maiden will be at the Clark County Regional Airport at 6002 Propeller Lane, in Sellersburg, Indiana. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, the public is invited to fly aboard the aircraft, which is kept in operation by The Liberty Foundation.

The cost of one half-hour flight is $410 for Liberty Foundation members, and $450 for non-members. Passengers can become a Liberty Foundation member for $40 and receive the member discount for family and friends.

"While the cost of taking a flight sounds expensive, it must be put into perspective when compared to the B-17's operating cost," a news release from the Liberty Foundation states. "A Flying Fortress costs is over $5,000 per flight hour. The Liberty Foundation spends over $1,500,000 annually to keep the B-17 airworthy and out on tour."

On Monday morning, Louisville-area journalists got an opportunity to fly aboard Madras Maiden. Click on the image carousel above to view images from the trip.

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